Wake and Rake: Sharps Betting Indians-White Sox
Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Pictured: Chicago White Sox center fielder Charlie Tilson and Cleveland Indians center fielder Greg Allen
It’s a big day in sports betting with both the U.S. Open and 2018 World Cup getting underway. Public money is flooding the market for a normally slow period on the sports calendar with oodles of recreational bettors looking for action to sweat at work.
Not only are public bettors betting the big events, but they’re also throwing money on today’s baseball slate, according to our number of bets data. And any time misguided money from inexperienced bettors hits the market, wiseguys will gladly take advantage by hammering the other side, and that’s exactly what’s happening in today’s Cleveland Indians-Chicago White Sox (2:10 p.m. ET) game.
The Indians opened as -170 road favorites at Bookmaker.eu, and public bettors are happily laying the favorite with a whopping 81% of moneyline tickets on Cleveland. Even though bettors are pounding the Indians, the line has plummeted to Cleveland -128.
The Action Network’s proprietary public betting data reveals that actual dollars wagered are much more balanced than tickets, with 59% of the money taking Cleveland.
Sports Insights’ Bet Signals provide the final piece of the line movement puzzle, triggering a Steam Move on Chicago at Pinnacle, arguably the sharpest offshore sportsbook.
This game provides a classic example of recreational bettors blindly betting a favorite, no matter the line, while professionals are leveraging one-sided action by buying back the home underdog.